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Lot 58
1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5

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CHASSIS NO: 874LTHPNCD09358

• 1 of only 252 examples produced in 1985
• Original Veglia instruments
• Original Campagnolo wheels with spinner hubcaps
• Largely original example with a professional repaint in original yellow


Ford 351 cid V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, ZF five-speed gearbox, rack and pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes


De Tomaso Pantera evolved out of Ford’s desire to co-produce an Italian sportscar on par with the best in the industry. The striking, angular Pantera premiered in 1970, but it wasn’t until the mid-80’s Pantera GT5 that the exotic sportscar truly came into its own. By far the most eye-catching Pantera the world had yet seen, the new generation was outfitted with fender flares, spoilers and a rear delta wing of fiberglass, which collectively captured the energy and style of the 1980s with panache.

Just as alluring in terms of power, the mid-engine Ford cubic-inch V-8 was naturally aspirated and packed 345 horsepower as well as 333 ft-lbs of torque, which was factory rated to go 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph. The situation of the engine enhanced performance from previous models with cornering ability, stability, control and power. With all that, on top of a ZF five-speed gearbox, improved four-wheel disc brakes, independent front and rear suspension as well as rack and pinion steering, the 1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5 attained the brass ring in the company of the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach at last.

The 1985 De Tomaso Pantera Coupe GT5 we have the pleasure of offering here is a rare treasure for the marque and is understood to be a mere two-owner car. It underwent a professional respray in the original yellow, but otherwise is largely original to its factory release. A rarity in the case of GT5s from 1985, as only 252 are believed to have been produced and many were later modified to GT5-S specifications. Imported to the US on December 4, 1984 through Guy Anderson of the Exotic Car Store in Georgia, this Pantera was ordered for Barry Mandell of Miami, Florida. Clad in its original yellow exterior and adorned with opulent, black interior and woodgrain trim, this stunning example enjoys power windows, air-conditioning, Veglia instruments and original Campagnolo wheels with spinner hubcaps. If you are in the market for a rare De Tomaso Pantera GT5, this particular example is among the most captivating and pure of its kind.

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